The LAPD killed a 14-year-old girl and an assault suspect at a Burlington store located in North Hollywood on Thursday morning.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of an assault and arrived at the store located on Lauren Canyon and Victory boulevards around 11:45 A.M. A person called 911 to report that they had heard the sounds of arguing inside the store and what they believed to be gunshots.
Specific details of the event have not been disclosed, but it is believed that the officer’s opened fire to stop a suspect from assaulting either another customer or an employee, according to a local station.
LAPD Fatally Shoot Suspect, 14-Year-Old Girl After 911 Call
LAPD Captain Stacy Spell said “As the officers were responding, they arrived at this location and began a search, looking for a suspect. While conducting that search for a suspect, the officers encountered an individual who was in the process of assaulting another, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
The LAPD fatally struck the suspect. One of the bullets went through a piece of drywall and struck a 14-year-old girl who had been in the dressing room with her mother trying on dresses for her quinceanera.
It is unclear if her mother was in the dressing room with her when she was struck by the bullet. The LAPD revealed that the girl was found deceased in the dressing room.
“We went behind it (the wall), and it turned out to be a dressing room up there,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi. “We were able to locate a 14-year-old female who was found deceased in that dressing room.”
New details have revealed the girl’s identity to be Valentina Orellana-Peralta. The male suspect’s name has yet to be disclosed. The woman who is believed to be the victim of the assault was seen being loaded into an ambulance; however, her identity has not been disclosed at this time. Sources on the scene say that she was “awake, but bloodied.”
LAPD Issues A Statement About The Shooting
Today, the LAPD killed a 14-yr-old girl. This is not an anomaly and is part of a long pattern of senseless LAPD violence.
• In 2021, the # of people killed by the LAPD is up 143% (17 deaths) from 2020
• In 2021, the # of police shootings is up 52% (41 shootings) from 2020 pic.twitter.com/PbV4PXWf57
— Kenneth Mejia (@kennethmejiaLA) December 24, 2021
At this time, Choi believes that the girl was struck by an officer’s bullet. Although the initial report said they heard gunshots, no firearm was found at the scene.
“We did not find a gun,” Choi said. “However, until the coroner gets here and we do a full search of the suspect, that won’t be definitive. But right now we haven’t located a firearm.”
Choi added that “steel or metal cable lock, a very heavy lock,” might have been used in the assault.
Although LAPD Police Chief Michael Moore was out of town at the time of the shooting, he did issue a statement concerning the tragic incident.
“This chaotic incident resulting in the death of an innocent child is tragic and devastating for everyone involved. I am profoundly sorry for the loss of this young girl’s life and I know there are no words that can relieve the unimaginable pain for the family. My commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances that led up to this tragedy and provide the family and public with as much information as possible. I have directed the release of the critical incident video by Monday, December 27th, which will include the 9-1-1 calls, radio transmissions, body worn video and any CCTV and other evidence gathered at this preliminary stage.”